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article imageOp-Ed: Santorum sickened by JFK's 1960 religion speech

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Feb 26, 2012 in Politics
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R) reprised a well-worn talking point as a guest on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday morning. JFK's 1960 speech on religious freedom "makes him want to throw up."
According to a post in Politico:
"To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up. What kind of country do we live in where only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up. And that should make every American [throw up]," Santorum said on ABC's "This Week."
Sen. Santorum needs to take a Dramamine and read that speech again. Nowhere in that speech does it say that people of faith "have no role in the public square". Nowhere in that speech did then Sen. Kennedy say "only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case."
Here is what Kennedy said.
"I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source — where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials — and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all."
Kennedy gave his landmark speech to counter the religious bigots of that time who thought his Catholic faith would result in the Pope giving the President orders which the President would be bound to obey. If that were true, no doubt Kennedy would have abolished contraception, instead of our having to wait for 2012 Republicans to attempt it.
If the idea of separation of church and state makes Ayatollah Santorum want to vomit, perhaps he should run for president of some nation where religious dictate carries the force of law.
Iran comes to mind.
This would explain why Santorum is so dead-set against kids going to college. Smart people, well-educated people, people who know how to do a Google search for instance, see him for what he is. A religiofascist member of the American Taliban who wants to force HIS religious view down YOUR throat.
I dare the Republicans to nominate this frothy, greasy stain on the mostly clean bedsheets of the American politic as their presidential candidate. Go ahead. I dare you.
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